In today's episode we talk about the benefits of having a creative mentor and where you can find them. We are also encompassing the idea of having creative friends or allies. These are the people who help encourage you to create and improve. We also talk a little about our April challenges - Abstract Art April, Imitation April and Quick Kick April.
Hello again and welcome to another podcast episode. Today we are talking about how to find your style and of course there’s a bit of arty chat thrown in for good measure. We also mention some of the fantastic work we have been seeing for our two March Art Challenges March Mixed Media and 5 Minute March. There are a few shoutouts for the work that has really caught our eyes too.
So first of all, just how important is it to find a style?
I guess it totally depends on why you are drawing and painting.
If you are painting purely for fun, then it doesn’t matter in the slightest. You can just paint what you want without considering if people will recognise that it’s your work. You don’t have to try and impress a gallery in this case either.
But, if you want to stand out from the crowd, then, of course, it’s very important to have something about your work that makes it stand out as your own… Your ‘style’.
In today’s episode, we’re discussing whether or not you have to go to art school in order to become an artist. There is no right or wrong path to follow here. We're all different and where some of us will benefit hugely from going to art school, others will only be stunted by it.
Going to art school does not necessarily make someone a good artist! And NOT going to art school doesn’t make someone a bad one either!
Today’s guest is Tracey Fletcher King, an artist, illustrator, printmaker and teacher from Queensland, Australia.
This is an inspiring interview about following your passion, doing what you love and making time for your art, no matter what the obstacles.
That niggly voice of your inner critic
In this episode, we talk about that niggly voice in the back of our heads, our "inner critic”. It's the voice that questions everything we do and whether it’s good enough. As creatives, we can spend a lot of time on our own with only that one voice for company… and it’s really hard not to listen! We talk about our ways of dealing with that irritating inner critic.
Make the inner critic work in your favour
We all see our inner critic as our enemy. What we need to try and do is make it work in our favour. That voice is only really there to protect us from being hurt. We have to try and use it to help us strive to produce better work, without letting it crush our confidence.
A little about Art Journal January
We also talk a little about Art Journal January and some of the art we’ve loved. As usual, we brutalise people's names as we try to pronounce them. Plus I (Tara) talk about my experience of taking part in the challenge and trying to overcome my inner critic. Sandra who had been in the Carribean for the first half of January mentions how she felt she was missing out by not taking part in the challenge. It was quite a hardship for her to lie by the pool in the sun and drink cocktails (PS. Can you tell Tara is writing these show notes!)
A mention of our upcoming challenges
We also give a mention to our two upcoming challenges -
February Faces, an art challenge to create a face drawing (sculpture, collage, etc) every day of the month
February Fables, a challenge to write a children’s story during the month.
We will both be taking part in February Faces. We're also going to put a twist on February Fables by collaborating. I will write exactly 250 words, then Sandra will write 250 more until we have completed a story. Who know's what that will turn out like, but we're sure to mention it in an upcoming episode.
If you haven’t already, you can join our Facebook Group, where you will find like-minded creatives. Plus we have some free downloadable inspiration pdfs for the challenges. They are also available when you sign up for our newsletter.
We hope you enjoy the show.
Megan is an illustrator, maker and teaching artist who lives in Connecticut. She is an amazing art journaller who tries to art journal every day. In this episodes she offers tips on journalling and creativity
This week is all about how you can kick the fear of sketching. We make suggestions on ways you can be more confident sketching and drawing and enjoy the process rather than worrying about the results. Plus we talk about some of the Creative Challenges that you can take part in this year